Day 15: Art Resolutions-The peacock emerges

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to creat an art study everyday for a year. Welcome to day 15.

Bea posted her challenge study this morning–early. She’s moving further into abstraction with her black and white photography. For me, yesterday’s study done in her studio provided significant entertainment when I queried my friends and family about what they saw in the abstract study. I got “Ninja Turtles” (2), “a turtle,” “a bird,” and “nothing.” The Where’s Waldo-ness of it all created a curiosity and playfulness that I thought was a great by-product of the doing.

Original study

Original study

Over the last day, I’ve thought about the study and started to wrestle with the design problems that awaited if I chose to bring anything more clearly out of the jumble of color, line, and texture. I pulled the original into SKETCHES, an digital painting/drawing program, and began to apply transluscent layers of watercolor to drop elements back and unify certain color fields. I saw a peacock’s head extending into its shoulder and wing. The eye of background feathers emerged in the back. Here’s what happened– the peacock emerged.

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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